Fifty Shades Freed (2018)

JAMES FOLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 2018.  Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Niall Leonard, based on the novel by E.L. James.  Cinematography by John Schwartzman.  Produced by Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, E.L. James, Marcus Viscidi.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Nelson Coates.  Costume Design by Shay Cunliffe.  Film Editing by David S. Clark, Richard Francis-Bruce, Debra Neil-Fisher.   We all…

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Justice League (2017)

ZACK SNYDER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA/United Kingdom/Canada, 2017.  Atlas Entertainment, Cruel & Unusual Films, DC Comics, DC Entertainment, Dune Entertainment, Lensbern Productions, Warner Bros..  Story by Chris Terrio, Zack Snyder, Screenplay by Chris Terrio, Joss Whedon, based on Superman created by Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Justice League of America created by Gardner Fox, Batman created by Bob…

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Fifty Shades Darker (2017)

JAMES FOLEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/China, 2017.  Perfect World Pictures (Beijing), Universal Pictures.  Screenplay by Niall Leonard, based on the novel by E.L. James.  Cinematography by John Schwartzman.  Produced by Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, E.L. James, Marcus Viscidi.  Music by Danny Elfman.  Production Design by Nelson Coates.  Costume Design by Shay Cunliffe.  Film Editing by Richard Francis-Bruce.   You didn’t think she…

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Fifty Shades of Grey

BB (out of 5) Inexplicable success in bookstores led to this inevitable big screen adaptation of the first of E.L. James’ trilogy of books, about a love affair between a young college student and her BDSM-loving boyfriend.  A book that readers insisted was terrible while consuming it voraciously should have lead to a shameless cinematic…

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The Circle

B (out of 5) Emma Watson is barely surviving in a crappy temp job when her friend calls her up and tells her that she has gotten her an interview at the Googlesque communications company where she works, a technological theme park whose main product seems to be pure connectivity.  Watson gets the job and is…

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The Girl On The Train

BB.5 (out of 5) After her alcoholism destroys her marriage, Emily Blunt continues her downward spiral while on her daily commute, staring out the window of her train and into the home of a seemingly perfect couple (Luke Evans, Haley Bennett) who live two doors down from her ex-husband (Justin Theroux) and his new wife (Rebecca Ferguson)….

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Big Eyes

BBB (out of 5) This movie is reviewed at Magenta Magazine. The Weinstein Company, Silverwood Films, Tim Burton Productions, Electric City Entertainment USA, 2014 Directed by Tim Burton Screenplay by Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski Cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel Produced by Scott Alexander, Tim Burton, Larry Karaszewski Music by Danny Elfman Production Design by Rick Heinrichs Costume Design by…

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron

BBB (out of 5) The superhero variety bag is back, they once again have to save the world and, in an ironic twist, the villain trying to destroy humanity is their own damn fault!  Robert Downey Jr.‘s Iron Man has been dabbling with artificial intelligence technology and his latest experiment has gone awry, a wormy…

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The Unknown Known

BBB.5 (out of 5) Errol Morris trains his humorous and incisive lens on the career of Donald Rumsfeld, most famous (if not notorious) for his years as Secretary of Defense during the administration of George W. Bush and a key player in leading America into the Iraq War.  Looking to make the same kind of…

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A Civil Action

BBB (out of 5) True story of a small law firm that takes on a giant corporation when it is suspected that a tannery has been allowing contaminants into the drinking water of a small town. John Travolta and an excellent William H. Macy are among the good guys who are constantly forced to come up with…

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Charlotte’s Web

BB.5 (out of 5) E.B. White’s novel, one of the most perfect books ever written for children, is given the big-screen treatment in this passable family film looking to take up where Babe left off. Wilbur is the runt of a litter of pigs who is saved from being executed by a farmer when little…

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Anywhere But Here

BB (out of 5) The presence of at least one happy scene would have done much for this overly melodramatic film about a young woman (Natalie Portman) being dragged across the country by her ambitious and, she thinks, selfish mother (Susan Sarandon). The performances by the two ladies couldn’t be better, but Wayne Wang’s direction…

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